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Avengers: Endgame Dominates Again While Shazam! Passes First Class

Comic film adaptations are big dollars and we track how they do each week to see trends and what’s working and what’s not.

2018 is a record setting year for comic film adaptations. It has topped 2017’s record year and then some. Currently, comic adaptations have earned $2.697 billion domestically, $4.561 billion internationally, $7.258 billion worldwide, with a “profit” of $6.047 billion. That’s off of 10 films. 2017, with 16 films, saw domestic earnings of $2.365 billion, international earnings of $3.755 billion, worldwide earnings of $6.120 billion, and “profits” of $4.442 billion.

While 2018’s films are winding down as far as earnings, they’re still not done!


Its taken just eleven days for Avengers: Endgame to become the second highest grossing worldwide release of all-time. The film has earned $2.189 billion total on its march to topple Avatar‘s $2.788 billion from the top spot. Avatar took 47 days to reach $2 billion.

The filmed earned an estimated $145.8 million over the weekend which is just shy of $149.2 million record setting second weekend of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It is possible this will change once final numbers are released.

The film has earned $619.7 million domestically making it the top grossing film of the year and it currently ranks #9 for all time lifetime domestic gross.

Internationally, the film added $282 million to bring that total to $1.569 billion, 71.7% of its earnings.

Rounding out the weekend top five was Captain Marvel which earned an estimated $4.2 million pushing its domestic total $420.8 million and it also earned an estimated $1.2 million internationally to drive that number to $699.3 million and $1.120 billion total. The film is about $26.6 million behind Aquaman.

Shazam! came in at #8 this past weekend, dropping from last week’s #5, earning an estimated $2.5 million to bring its domestic total to $135.2 million. It passed X-Men: First Class and a few other films and now ranks #60 for worldwide earnings.

With a budget of just $100 million, the film has an average gross to the budget for a DC Cinematic film and will likely remain in the middle of the pack for that. It remains the lowest grossing big-budget DCU film so far and is unlikely to change that.

Alita: Battle Angel improved from last week’s #35 to come in at #34 earning an estimated $21,000 to bring its domestic total to $85.7 million. The film also earned about $300,000 over the past week internationally to increase that total to $319 million and $404.7 million worldwide.

Hellboy dropped off the weekend box office listing but earned about $200,000 domestically to bring that total to $21.7 million.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse didn’t chart this past week but earned $85,000 internationally to bring that to $185.1 million. With a domestic earning of $190.2 million the worldwide total is $375.3 million.


Here’s where this year’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers.

Total Domestic Gross: $2.697 billion
Total International Gross: $4.561 billion
Worldwide Gross: $7.258 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.187 billion
Total “Profit”: $6.047 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $269.7 million
Average International Gross: $456.1 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $725.8 million
Average Budget: $131.9 million
Average Profit: $671.8 million

Below is where the films released stand when it comes to being compared to this year’s averages. Those in green are above average while those below are red.